Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside headed to the locker room after landing awkwardly at the 1:22 mark in Wednesday’s matchup against the Thunder. Following a block attempt on Chris Paul, Whiteside appeared to grab his left knee before exiting the court under his own power.
Here is video of the incident:
Oh no... Whiteside goes down, holding his left knee— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) October 31, 2019
STREAM HERE: https://t.co/dzCfH15Shm#RipCity pic.twitter.com/iZxJfQOvul
Prior to exiting, Whitside recorded four points and two rebounds in 11 minutes of action. The Blazers are already without Zach Collins, Jusuf Nurkic and Pau Gasol.
Whiteside returned to the court at halftime to test his knee with light jogging with his teammates.
Hassan Whiteside emerged from the Blazers' locker room with teammates after halftime and is doing a little light jogging and cutting on the court. Looks like he'll return for second half.— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) October 31, 2019
After testing it, Whiteside returned to action for the second half.
Whiteside will start the second half— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) October 31, 2019
Whiteside admitted that his knee was sore after hyperextending it, but he is hopeful that it is ok. As of now, it is unknown if additional testing is needed.
Hassan Whiteside said he hyperextended his left knee. Plan is to see how it feels tomorrow to decide if additional testing is needed.— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) October 31, 2019
Whiteside played 14 minutes in the second half after returning from the incident in the second quarter.
Portland does not play another game until Saturday when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers.